I. Our first aim is to train research personnel with both clinical experience and medical research abilities. Our students include clinical investigators, physician scientists, nursing scientists and clinical respiratory care researchers. Students are expected to possess both basic and clinical medical research abilities and knowledge to conduct medical studies to benefit the society of Taiwan.
II. Our second aim is to foster clinical personnel with medical research knowledge and abilities. The clinical personnel that we recruit include Chinese and western physicians, registered nurses and clinical respiratory care therapists.
III. Our third aim is to educate graduate students with independent thinking and research abilities in order to establish a solid foundation for advanced medical research.
IV. Our fourth aim is to educate graduate students with the ability to conduct clinical research, including translational and clinical studies to improve the standard of medical research and clinical trials so as to elevate the well-being of patients.
V. Our fifth aim is to develop graduate students’ awareness of humanitarian accomplishments and medical ethics. Students are expected to develop independent thinking skills and sound character so they are able to make positive contributions to society.
VI. Our last aim is to inspire graduate students to develop enthusiasm for lifelong learning, to broaden their vision, and to explore their individual research creativity.
I. Our graduate students come from a great variety of clinical backgrounds, including Chinese and western physicians, registered nurses and clinical respiratory care therapists. Our research goal is to solve clinical problems as well as to explore disease mechanism. Students are encouraged to investigate issues which need to be tackled but remain unsolved. Students will be supervised by carefully selected faculties. Under the guidance of their advisors, students are expected to broaden their scope and background knowledge. Accordingly, the goal of multi-professional training is achieved.
II. Through long-term cooperation with clinical personnel, our faculty has a good understanding of issues concerned with clinical practice. To further enhance the ability of advising clinical personnel, our faculty members continue to pursue further training in research methods on related clinical topics.
III. Diversified courses offered by our faculty cover from basic medicine to clinical medicine, providing abundant integrated classes with basic and clinical medicine and state-of-the-art biotechnology classes.
IV. To offer more opportunities and space to facilitate learning and research, we liaise with Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Linkou, Kaoshiung and Chia-Yi, which provide full support on medical research and development. The graduate institute also offers similar classes and provides all equipment and laboratories for doctors to be able to engaged in all kinds of basic and clinical medical research.
V. Those who enrol in our graduate institute are qualified to apply for Chang Gung Medical Research Program (CMRP), which offers maximum research fund amounting up to forty thousands dollars to provide students with a sufficient budget for research. In addition, students are also able to get valuable experience in research grant proposal writing through the CMRP application. Those who are not employed by Chang Gung Memorial Hospital and hold positions such as department director, department faculty and thesis advisor have the responsibility of assisting graduate students in applying for research grants to the student’s serving hospital, National Science Council, National Health Research Institutes, or Department of Health with at least one grant application accepted by the above-mentioned organizations.
VI. Overseas studies evaluated and sponsored by the Medical Educational Committee is highly recommended to our graduate students during their school years. Such an activity is a valuable experience for our students to access to broader learning opportunities and to acquire new research methods. Hopefully, an international cooperation platform will thus be established.
VII. The educational objectives of the master’s program are as follows: (1) To prepare clinical research personnel for advanced research, and to help clinicians develop clinical research ability; (2) To guide students through strict review process, as well as to select those with strong research interest and excellent academic performance to advance into the Ph.D. program. Four doctoral places are reserved for master’s students annually.
The Graduate Institute of Clinical Medical Sciences of Chang Gung University (CGU) was established in 1990 within the College of Medicine and was approved by the Ministry of Education, Taiwan. The Institute opened doors to the first group of postgraduate students in 1991. Professor Hsueh-Hsien Chang was the founding director of the institute, and he laid a good foundation for the institute. In order to provide research training and opportunities of in-service further educational training for more clinicians who are interested in medical research, his successor, Professor Ying-Hsiong Lee, who was also the former dean of the Medical College, enrolled additional graduate students in the master's program. In addition, he also provideed further education credit courses in both the Kaohsiung course division and the Linkou headquarters. He also initiated the interaction between the hospitals, universities and the Clinical Research Institute, expanded research and teaching of the genomics and proteomics fields, and leading the institute to move towards a more innovative and brighter future. It is worth mentioning that, in order to promote in-service training for doctors of the Kaohsiung branch, courses were established at the Kaohsiung division in 1998. In the same year, the Linkou headquarters was moved to the 12th floor of the Research Building, Linkou Chang Gung Medical Center, so that teachers of this institute can have the opportunities to interact and cooperate more closely with the doctors. Since August, 2001, Professor Hsin-Shih Wang has served as the director of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of Linkou Chang Gung Medical Center. In order to encourage in-service doctors at the Chia-Yi Branch of the Chang Gung Memorial Hospital to receive further development and training, Chia-Yi division course was established in 2005. In the same year further education credit courses such as Molecular Biology and Cell Biology were offered in Keelung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital. In 2006, the institute was moved back to the 4th floor of the First Medical Building of Chang Gung University.
I. Continue to recruit experts or scholars from various fields to enrich the faculty of our institute, as well as to help and strengthen students’ research and thesis writing.
II. Upgrade and expand core facilities and infrastructures in co-laboratories and student laboratory of our institute.
III. Cultivate more physician scientists for medical studies in order to improve the medical research quality
IV. Systematically integrate modern medicine, Chinese medicine, genomics and bio-technological studies
V. Encourage faculties and students to attend international seminars or go abroad for training, to keep up with current scientific knowledge and trend of bio-technology, and to promote the research quality of the institute.
VI. Promote the exchange between domestic and international organizations; expand research cooperation by using a macroscopic perspective; improve scientific research up to international standards.
VII. Promote the exchange of research resources and clinical specimen supports between the university and Chang-Gung Memorial hospital (CGMH).